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Royal African Soup Tureen

An African Proverb for Fathers Day

by Joel Elowsky

I received this from our good friend and consultation group member Thomas Oduro:

The Akans of Ghana say the following proverb:

The head of an animal is never lost in soup.

This implies that the contributions of someone can neither be ignored nor disregarded.

Happy Father’s Day for adding value to the lives of many. Your fatherly input in the lives of many is cherished.

ThomasOduro

On behalf of the Oduros.

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Coptic Announcement on Same Sex Civil Marriage

by Joel Elowsky

I received the following press release from our friend Bp Angaelos in Britain concerning the Coptic church's stance on same sex marriage that is under discussion in Britain:

In response to the Government Equalities Office Consultation, The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom has stated that it cannot support the proposal relating to same-sex civil marriage, listing the following items for careful consideration: 

  1. While this current Consultation attempts to reassure by claiming that “the Government does not propose to open up religious marriage to same-sex couples”, the term ‘marriage’ in itself is one that has been utilised within a religious context
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Origen the African

New Discovery of Origen Psalms Commentary in Greek

by Joel Elowsky

Previously undiscovered homilies in Greek of the African commentator Origen on  Psalm 36 were recently discovered in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.  Check out the link that announces the discovery:

http://alinsuciu.com/2012/06/12/lorenzo-perrone-about-origens-newly-discovered-homilies-on-the-psalms/

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Google Calling Africa

Google in Africa

by Joel Elowsky

As the CEAC looks to create digital content for Africa, one of the issues has been whether or not Africa would be ready to receive such content. We believe ebooks available for iPhone and other applications are the wave of the future. So we are heartened to see this development. The following article from "The Economist" and from "Just Means" would seem to indicate we are moving in the right direction:

http://www.economist.com/node/21554566

http://www.justmeans.com/Technology-Google-Calling-Africa/37103.html

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St. Cyril of Alexandria

Resurrection and the Body - Cyril of Alexandria:

by Joel Elowsky

By his unexpected entry through closed doors Christ proved once more that by nature he was God and also that he was none other than the one who had lived among them. By showing his wounded side and the marks of the nails, he convinced us beyond a doubt that he had raised the temple of his body, the very body that had hung upon the cross. He restored that body which he had worn, destroying death’s power over all flesh, for as God, he was life itself. Why would he need to show them his hands and side if,

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Mourning the Loss of Pope Shenouda III

by Joel Elowsky

We were recently informed of the death of our friend, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. Pope Shenouda, Pope of Alexandria and 117th Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, was a champion of the African church in Egypt during a time of repressive policies against the Coptic minority. More recently, during this time of political upheaval with the Arab Spring, the Pope remained a stalwart witness to the central the message of Jesus Christ as the only solid rock on which our faith can be built. He also was a pope for the people, making himself available each week to

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Cyprian and Temptation

by Joel Elowsky

Early African Christians knew what it was like to engage in spiritual warfare on a daily basis. Cyprian, bishop of Carthage (d. Sept 14, 258) knew the struggles of his parishioners in North Africa. These struggles with temptation are as relevant today as they were in the third century. Today we are concerned about the rampant corruption, greed, promiscuity that confront us at every turn. It was no less in third century North Africa:

Our warfare is with avarice, with immodesty, with anger, with ambition; our trying and toilsome wrestling with carnal vices, with
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Nubian Bishop

The Deep Roots of Nubian Christianity

by Joel Elowsky

Paul Bowers wrote an article more than 25 years ago that spoke of the deep roots of Nubian Christianity.  In his article, "Nubian Christianity: The Neglected Heritage," Bowers asserts that there was a lively Christianity in northern Sudan that lasted more than a millennia. Why it survived as long as it did, but also its demise in the 15th century is the subject of this paper which he wrote back in 1985 for the Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology iv.1 (1985) 3-23. It is an article worth reading and pondering. We provide the link below:

http://www.theoledafrica.org/OtherMaterials/Files/NubiaNeglectedHeritage.pdf

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Why a Center for Early African Christianity (CEAC)?

by Joel Elowsky

Is there a need for the Center for Early African Christianity to exist? This is the question we asked a group of around twenty five leading scholars, pastors and church leaders from the continent of Africa back at our very first consultation in Addis Ababa in 2008.  Among the group invited to this consultation were many gifted theologians and pastors. And yet, when the question was posed, the resounding, unanimous answer of all of those gathered around the table was: Yes. The Center for Early African Christianity fulfills a vital role for the African church of the 21st century. Everywhere

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